Toyota Solara Parts And Toyota Solara Accessories
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The Toyota Solara features a compact, ergonomic dashboard that complements the midsize\'s sporty theme, so it can be quite an eyesore to see cracks on the dash. Whether it is caused by a forceful impact against another object or simply prolonged exposure to heat and aging, a crack on the dashboard\'s thick molded plastic shell can not only be unsightly but also reduce the effectiveness of the climate control inside the car. If the crack is substantial in size, dust and moisture may pass through it and induce corrosion. It can also speed up wear of the wires, modules, and other sensitive components housed inside the dash.
Most auto body shops accept repairs of damaged Toyota Solara dashboards, although severe cases will require replacement of the entire unit. However, if the damage is minimal and the dash maintains its structural integrity, you can save some money by fixing it yourself.
If you plan on fixing the cracks on the dash of your Toyota Solara, the first step you need to take is to determine the extent of the damage. A hairline crack on the dashboard surface, for instance, can be remedied with some filler, while cracks that run across the shell or have left gaping holes will need to be patched as well. And, in select instances, you will need to know whether the dashboard can actually still be saved as the extent of the damage may have already compromised its integrity.
Regardless of the length of the crack, you will need to clean and sand the dash first before you try and actually glue the broken parts back into place. This is because sanding removes any protruding plastic bits and other irregularities and helps ensure that there is enough surface area for the filler and the glue to adhere on.
As a rule of thumb, you should first sand the dashboard with coarse 80-grit sandpaper, followed by finer 180-grit paper. The coarse grit quickly and effectively removes any surface irregularities, while the finer grades leave a smooth surface. Make sure to wipe off any plastic particles that have been abraded afterwards with a damp cloth.
Once the crack has been cleaned and properly aligned, the next step is to apply the bonding filler compound to the damaged area. There are many filler products available in the market that you can use, with each one having its own strengths and weaknesses. Liquid metal filler, for instance, is a popular choice due its high adhesion properties along with epoxy, which bonds quickly with plastic and is easy to sand into the desired shape. If the crack has also resulted in the loss of dashboard material, you will need to get some replacement plastic panels to patch up the hole on the dash.
Once the crack has been properly patched and filled, it is recommended to have the dash undergo a professional paint job. While automotive-grade spray paint is cheap and definitely not hard to find, it may not have the same degree of quality compared to that done by a professional painting service.